How To Improve Recovery of Gynecomastia 2 Weeks Post Op?

i had surgery 2weeks ago and still there is a lot of bruising (discoloration) and some lose skin around the aerola. can a massage be done to make the skin firm? also the left aerola seems to be folding inside a little bit (it seems there is a kind of small hole when i touuch the area. what can be done?

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Post Op Healing

Thank you for your question.

#Bruising and #swelling are normal after your #gynecomastia #surgery and usually increase slightly after the removal of any tape or foam. The bruising will decrease over 3-4 weeks, but may last as long as 6 weeks. The majority of the swelling will be gone within the first 3-4 weeks. However it may take 6-9 weeks to disappear completely. The compression garment helps reduce the swelling, and the longer it is worn, the more quickly you will heal.

If these issues persist and you have concerns, please contact your #BoardCertified #PlasticSurgeon for an in-person consultation.

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Post op

Minimal gauze dressing is applied following the procedure and an easily concealed support elastic garment is usually worn to minimize swelling and help skin to contract for a 3-4 weeks following surgery. Sutures are typically removed within 7 to 10 days of surgery.
Patients engage in gentle activities of daily living for the first 10 days. No aerobic exercise for at least 3 weeks. Patients may take gentle walks after a few days.

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Early Gynecomastia Surgery Healing

Hi modindus,

Thanks for the post. At 2 weeks you are very early in the healing process. Bruising and swelling is normal even at 2 weeks. Massaging would likely not help and may increase the amount of inflammation at this stage. I would follow your surgeon's recommendations at this early stage.


Dr. Dadvand

Babak Dadvand, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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How To Improve Recovery of Gynecomastia 2 Weeks Post Op?

It can be well within the normal range to have the symptoms you are describing.  I typically advise my patients that they may have swelling and some minor contour irregularities for 6-8 weeks after gynecomastia reduction.  Good luck and be safe.

John T. Nguyen, MD, FACS, FICS
Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

John Nguyen, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Gynecomastia healing

It is not abnormal to have bruising around the areola. Massage will not make the tissues firmer. You are still very swollen so give it some time before worrying about the result. You should continue to wear the compression garment as per your plastic surgeon's directions.

Robert L. Kraft, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Early post op gynecomastia

At two weeks post-op it is a bit early in terms of recovery. You may have alot of swelling at thispoint. As for depressions that you feel, it really depends upon what was done.  Sometimes with direct excision of tissue through an incision this may occur. Give it time to heal. If you have concerns, speak with your surgeon.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Be patient

Two weeks is still early in the post op period. Bruising is normal but a hematoma is not. It doesn't sound like that. I would not message yet but wear the compression garment. Hopefully the skin will contract to the new contour but it depends on how your skin was to start.

Miguel Delgado, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Gynecomastia Surgery Recovery?

Thank you for the question.

At this point in your recovery there is not much that you can do that will significantly change the recovery process. Swelling, bruising, “folding”, “small holes” will require time to improve. In regards to specific modalities such as massage it would be best for you to check with your plastic surgeon to get his/her OK  prior to implementing.

Again, at this stage patience is required.

Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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